As the nation gears up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing this month, space enthusiasts and casual visitors can see an artifact from the Apollo 11 mission somewhere unexpected in Northwest D.C.
A rock plucked from the moon’s Sea of Tranquility is embedded in the Washington National Cathedral’s Space Window. Head down the church’s main aisle, and it’s about halfway down on the right.
“We’ve had the rock since 1974,” said National Cathedral archivist Elody Crimi. “The rock itself is about 2 3/8 inches wide and weighs 7.18 grams.”
The cathedral’s display of the moon rock serves to incorporate stories of faith and American ideals and aspirations.